The firing of James Gunn as director working on the Guardians of The Galaxy has become a hot topic. Disney severed ties with the director on July 20 after numerous offensive tweets from his past resurfaced online. Gunn’s tweets saw him making insensitive jokes about topics including pedophilia, rape, and the September 11 terrorist attacks.
There has been a lot of both applauding and outcry from both within the industry and without it. There is still this question of whether Gunn was a victim of Mob Mentality and if Disney played right into the hands of the persons who orchestrated the events by making the old tweets trend again.
Support From The Cast
“We fully support James Gunn."
Those five words are the first you read in an open letter to Disney, a letter signed by every starring cast member in Guardians of the Galaxy. The cast is united in their belief that Disney made a huge mistake in firing Gunn, and they're now letting the whole world know about it.
"Each of us looks forward to working with our friend James again in the future," part of the letter reads. "His story isn't over — not by a long shot."
The cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn (James’s brother), Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker.
The letter follows a wave of social media outcry, including individual social media posts from the cast responding to the firing and promising a larger future statement, which likely refers to this new letter.
The Apologetic Gunn
Gunn seemed genuinely apologetic about the paedophilia jokes he made on Twitter years ago. He issued a statement reacting to being fired by Disney from directing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative,” Gunn said in an official statement. “I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”
Gunn has not tweeted about the situation (or anything else) since that day of the statement, and Disney has yet to comment further on either the firing or the reaction to it since its initial statement. But more than a week later, Gunn’s firing is still generating plenty of conversation and pushback: Actress Selma Blair quit Twitter in a show of solidarity, posting a link to a petition to rehire Gunn, which now has more than 300,000 signatures and spawned the hashtag #RehireJamesGunn.
Are Strong Words Enough?
The strong words from a cast of bona fide superstars in the Gunn support letter has been met by radio silence from the studio since Gunn was fired. One can’t help thinking that a message like this will compel some kind of response. Now the ball is on Disney’s court, the world awaits their decision. Will they rehire James Gunn? Or has he officially become the victim of Mob Mentality?